The Correspondence School’s learning management system, developed using extreme programming techniques, is set to go into “pilot production” mode this week or next.
CIO Alistair James and chief executive Rod Browning both say the system is working well. They and the project’s co-ordinator, Greg Smith, discount the suggestion that the school’s exploration of application performance measurement software means the system has hit performance problems.
Smith acknowledges that the school has been looking at performance measurement tools from Solnet and Borland, but says this is part of a normal final tune-up before easing into production mode.
“There are a few database queries we’re tuning for greater efficiency, but that’s quite usual,” he says.
The project is aimed at building a profile of the skills acquired by each student and allowing the information to be readily reviewed. It has been a high-profile test of the effectiveness of the XP approach.
The “production pilot” phase will be followed by a “transition in measured steps” to full production during the year, says Browning.